UFO Over Italy

Last week, the Italian city of Lecco became witness to a bizarre event featuring what some believe to be an advanced Pleiadian UFO.

By UFOholic

Photos showing what appears to be an interdimensional craft hovering over the picturesque city have captured the attention of UFO enthusiasts all over the world and are cited as clear evidence of alien intervention. The controversial images were taken on November 2 by Giuseppe Filipponi and posted on Facebook the following day. They were viewed by thousands and quickly went viral.

The images show an enormous, translucent craft that materialized in the sky after traveling through an interdimensional portal, or so it’s been described. The perplexing craft then began to deploy a number of smaller, orb-type devices or entities. These smaller orbs appear as spheres of light and are believed to act as the UFO’s surveillance drones.

pleiadian-alien-ship-and-orbs

This sighting elicited numerous and diverse reactions, once again proving that this subject is open to discussion.

Some consider there was nothing unnatural behind this apparition and cite the most likely culprit as a freak weather phenomenon involving a cumulonimbus cloud. Their argument is that pareidolia makes people see things and recognize familiar shapes in places where most of the time there isn’t anything.

On the other side of the table we have a great number of alien aficionados who are convinced the photos actually show the extraterrestrials’ vested interest in mankind and its problems. They don’t see this sighting as a coincidence but rather as a consequence of the country being hit by multiple earthquakes over the past few months. Since August, Italy has bore the brunt of over 250 tremors, the strongest of which left hundreds dead and thousands homeless.

The most recent earthquake to strike Italy occurred on October 30 and seismologists are calling it the strongest in nearly half a century. It’s pretty obvious that the boot-shaped peninsula is going through some tough times.

This argument is what leads believers into suspecting the ethereal craft belongs to one of the ‘good guys’ who are currently keeping Earth under observation, as evidenced by the video below:

The Pleiadians, also known as Nordic aliens are a race of highly-advanced, benevolent beings that originated on a planet orbiting one of the stars in the Pleiades group. Also known as the Seven Sisters, the Pleiades are one of the closest star clusters and they’re also visible with the naked eye. They occupy an important role in the mythology and star culture of many ancient civilizations, and this has lead many into believing the Pleiadians have been supervising humanity for a long time.

Alien hunters claim that although Pleiadians have a physical form which is strikingly similar to the Scandinavian physiognomy, they can also take on an incorporeal form that allows them to travel between dimensions. Unrestrained by physical forms, the Pleiadians are free to explore realms we couldn’t even comprehend. Although their true motivations remain hidden to us, their actions reveal a compassionate response to our struggle.

In the particular case of last week’s sighting, we could assume the craft was sent to investigate the increased seismic activity in the Italian peninsula. The appearance of the ghostly starship could be interpreted as a warning signal that things beyond our control may come to pass. Although as humans we enjoy a strong hold on Earth, this is only an illusion. The fact that there are over 7 billion of us alive today gives the false impression of stability. But we are still at the mercy of Mother Nature and with one fell swoop, we might not be here tomorrow.

This deception of security must be plenty obvious for our hyper-advanced observers, which is why they are always nearby when disaster strikes. And just because we don’t see them intervene on our behalf, that doesn’t mean they’re idly standing with their hands behind their back. Who knows how many catastrophes they helped avert without us knowing?

Source: UFOholic

from:     http://www.theeventchronicle.com/metaphysics/galactic/pleiadian-ufo-photographed-italy-goes-viral-warning-signal/#

Central Italy earthquake

Moderate earthquake in Central Italy (near Ancona) – Minor damage and landslides

Last update: August 22, 2013 at 10:22 am by By

The quake caused damage to buildings in Ancona, which is 14 km northwest of the offshore epicenter. Among them, one governmental building and a fire station. Small cracks are also reported from residental houses and offices. This is to be verified by civil protection.  Nothing serious so far.
Some landslides and rockfalls along the cliffs (limestone) are reported. It was temporarily thought that one of them might have buried a man on the beach, but this was not confirmed later.

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 4.4

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-08-22 06:44:54

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 10 km

from:    http://earthquake-report.com/2013/08/22/moderate-earthquake-central-italy-on-august-22-2013/

Southern Italy — Earthquake

Earthquake Sora, Southern Italy (Lazio – Frosinone) – 63 year old woman dies from a hearth attack

Last update: February 17, 2013 at 10:20 am by By

Update Febr. 17 – 09:18 UTC : A 63 year old woman in Isola Liri has died from a heart attack due to this earthquake. ER sends his condolences to her family. Er sees hearth attacks as secondary deaths as the damage of the earthquake cannot be held responsible as the cause.

Villages and towns within 10 km from the epicenter : ARPINO (FR), BROCCOSTELLA (FR), CASTELLIRI (FR), ISOLA DEL LIRI (FR), MONTE SAN GIOVANNI CAMPANO (FR), PESCOSOLIDO (FR), SORA (FR) and BALSORANO (AQ)
Villages and towns within 10 and 20 km from the epicenter :  ALVITO (FR), ARCE (FR), BOVILLE ERNICA (FR), CAMPOLI , PPENNINO (FR), CASALATTICO (FR), CASALVIERI (FR), CEPRANO (FR), COLFELICE (FR), FONTANA LIRI (FR), FONTECHIARI (FR), POSTA FIBRENO (FR), RIPI (FR), ROCCA D’ARCE (FR), ROCCASECCA (FR), SANTOPADRE (FR), STRANGOLAGALLI (FR), TORRICE (FR), VEROLI (FR), VICALVI (FR), COLLELONGO (AQ), MORINO (AQ), SAN VINCENZO VALLE ROVETO (AQ) and
VILLAVALLELONGA (AQ)

Italian tectonics are very complex and are mainly complicated subduction processes (subduction is also responsible for the Italian volcanoes). A very good scientific but easy to understand article can be found here.

Shaking map courtesy INGV

Shaking map courtesy INGV


Update 23:40 UTC : Luckily NO reports of serious damage, but the people in the greater epicenter area are really frightened. Some villages and towns have setup temporary shelters to allow people who are too frightened to sleep there. Others prefer to sleep in their cars.

Update 22:13 UTC : There have not been any reports of major damage as yet and only panic and minor non-structural damage has been seen as yet.

Update 22:00 UTC : This earthquake also caused similar concern from residents of Rome to that of 2009, with calls to emergency services despite no damage.

Update 21:58 UTC : The earthquake was even felt in l’Aquila. Our second map (at the bottom) shows that there were NO other earthquakes in this area since the beginning of 2012.
This earthquake is around the same place as the 1980 Irpinia earthquake causing major damage. This earthquake will normally  only cause minor damage if any presumably.
In 1922 a M5.6 earthquake struck the Sora area and caused some damage too.

INGV showing the risky areas of Italy. This earthquake has an epicenter in the highest risk area of the country.

INGV showing the risky areas of Italy. This earthquake has an epicenter in the highest risk area of the country.

Update 21:51 UTC : A  good sign is an experience report from a reader who said that the motion he felt was mostly vertical and not horizontal. Horizontal accelerations are the most damaging. A second good sign is that other readers tell us that the shaking lasted only a couple of seconds, long lasting shaking increases the chance on damage.

Update 21:48 UTC : A lot of people ran on the streets as they were frightened not only from the earthquake but also from the aftershocks

Update 21:40 UTC : The website from INGV Italy, the National Seismological agency is hard to enter because of the many people looking at them.
Region : Lazio (population 5,196,447) . The nearest places are Latina, Sora, Isola del Liri, Broccostella, Carnello, Cisterna, Vallefredda, and San Domenico. The maximum altitude nearby is 2689m .

Update 21:35 UTC : Our biggest concern are the old buildings in Sora. From Emilia Romagna, we know that these are very vulnerable for even moderate shaking. This earthquake can however NOT be compared with that earthquake as the intensity is a lot less.

Update 21:35 UTC : GDACS reports that at least 100,000 people are living within a radius of 10 km from the epicenter

Update 21:33 UTC : INGV Italia is reporting a Magnitude of 4.8 at a depth of 10.7 km

Update 21:32 UTC : Based on the current data, ER does not expect any serious damage from this earthquake

Update 21:31 UTC : the earthquake will certainly have been felt in Rome, as Rome is only at a distance of 90 km from the epicenter

Update 21:29 UTC : EMSC reports a Magnitude of 4.8 at a depth of 12 km.
Sora, very near the epicenter is a city with a population of 26,600 people

The preliminary Magnitude as reported by Geofon was M4.6

90 km E Rome (pop 2,563,241 ; local time 22:16:10.0 2013-02-16)
64 km NE Latina (pop 113,332 ; local time 22:16:10.0 2013-02-16)
2 km W Sora (pop 26,525 ; local time 22:16:10.0 2013-02-16)

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 4.9

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-02-16 22:16:12

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-02-16 21:16:12

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 10 km

from:    http://earthquake-report.com/2013/02/16/moderate-earthquake-southern-italy-on-february-16-2013/

Another Earthquake in Italy

Moderate earthquakes in Italy

Last update: June 9, 2012 at 1:40 pm by By

Moderate earthquake in Northern Italy (new area!)
The earthquake occurred at 04:04 in the middle of the night. Surprisingly this earthquake was not an aftershock in the Ferrara, Mantua, Parma area but mote to the West direction Udinese.  82 km to the north of Venice and in the foothills of the Dolomites mountain range.
The people living in this area have also felt the stronger Ferrara earthquakes.

from:    http://earthquake-report.com/2012/06/09/major-earthquakes-list-june-9-2012/

Italian Earthquakes Aftershocks Update

Earthquake and aftershocks Northern Italy : May 29 (15+ dead and 7 missing) aftershocks as powerful as the May 20 mainshock (7 dead)

Last update: May 29, 2012 at 3:40 pm by By 

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Mw5.8
UTC Time : Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 07:00:03 UTC
Local time at epicenter : Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 09:00:03 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 9.6 km (USGS), 10.8 (INGV)
Geo-location(s) :
4 km N Mirandola (pop 23,078)
33 km N Modena (pop 181,011)
40 km (24 miles) NNW of Bologna, Italy
59 km (36 miles) E of Parma, Italy

Summary 29/05 – 15:15 UTC – aftershocks, how far away from the mainshock location ?
– A lot of people may be surprised today that totally other towns and villages are being mentioned today. Aftershocks mostly happen along the same fault, but can differ 10 to even 30 km into all directions.  Todays strongest aftershock has an epicenter close to Mirandola and Cavezzo, about 20 km from the mainshock area.
Based on this you can imagine that people are very scared even in Bologna, Parma, Modena and Ferrara

Summary 29/05 – 15:15 UTC – probably 21st highest death toll since 1900
– The number of missing has just been increased to 7 (from 5)
– This would be the 21st highest death toll in Italy from an earthquake since 1900, if 20 people are presumed to be killed from the CATDAT Damaging Earthquakes Database.
– A Facebook campaign is asking to cancel the Military June 2 parade.
– Just like on May 20, we have noticed that the damage is certainly not general though widespread.  The video below shows a car drive through Cavezzo, the direct epicenter area of the first very strong aftershock. Some barns and walls have collapsed, others are still standing like last year.

Summary 29/05 – 14:55 UTC – 
– Next Monday has been called a “Day of National Mourning

Summary 29/05 – 14:30 UTC – 15 people have died – 4 or 5 still missing
– Updating the situation.
– 15 dead with 5 people reported missing. At least 20 people have been also injured.
(of these all have been in the province of Modena – 3 dead in San Felice sul Panaro: two workers and a technician who were doing some investigations on the static nature of the Meta Industry building, 1 death in Concordia (an elderly person killed by a falling cornice (a common way of death during earthquake, where fancy cornices and non-structural elements fall on people), 1 death in Finale, 1 death of the pastor of Rovereto nel Novi, Don Ivan Martini, the victim of falling debris, 2 women died in Cavezzo. 1 woman died buried beneath the rubble of Furniture Malavasi, 2 dead in the rubble of the factory Bbg San Giacomo Roncole in Mirandola, 1 male worker died by crushing through the collapse of the Haemotronic factory (they produce medical equipment).
– 6000 people are homeless as a result of this earthquake.
– Much damage has occurred to cathedrals, buildings and other infrastructure.
– The price tag is expected to equal that of the previous quake on 20 May or even exceed it.
– Further aftershocks have caused damage.

Summary 29/05 – 13:35 UTC  – 15 people have died – 4 or 5 still missing
– The head of the Civil Defense, Franco Gabrielli, just announced that the present dead toll has further increased to 15. 4 or 5 people have been reported still missing.

Summary 29/05 – 13:22 UTC  – Aid offered from other Italian provinces
– SAR and Civil Defense forces from other areas like Sardinia have offered their support to the damaged areas. Italian Civil Defense is leading and organizing aid efforts.

Summary 29/05 – 13:15 UTC  – Bologna minor damage
– 10 families have been evacuated in Bologna. Authorities are currently checking the stability of cracked or damaged buildings.

Summary 29/05 – 12:55 UTC  – School evacuations + early season closure
All schools in the area have been evacuated and we do not think students will be allowed in anymore. This is a precautionary measure. Parents from young children have been asked to pickup their children from elementary schools. School management does not allow children to leave schools unattended.
– The President of the Emilia Romagna province has asked the National Authorities to accept an early school closure as the situation becomes too dangerous in the earthquake zone

Summary 29/05 – 12:40 UTC  – Free WIFI
The authorities in the earthquake area have opened their still working wifi stations to the public. They have removed the passwords who normally prohibit getting into it.

Summary 29/05 – 12:22 UTC – Video from the damage in Cavezzo


Summary 29/05 – 11:40 UTC – 12 deaths reported. 3 major aftershocks. 
It can be expected that further large aftershocks will occur in the area, given this sequence of events. We urge Italians to stay off their mobile phones and to use internet resources instead to help emergency crews.

Summary 29/05 – 11:35 UTC – 11 deaths reported. 3 major aftershocks. 
A twitter photo shows the devastation at Cavezzo where it is presumed that 75% of the houses have been damaged.

The devastation of Cavezzo (from Twitter).

Summary 29/05 – 11:31 UTC – 11 deaths reported. 
San Possidonio will be the most affected town in this area due to these 2 new quakes. The town has about 3828 people.
The steeple of San Possidonio is very famous and is likely to have seen some damage as a result of these quakes.

The Steeple of San Possidonio.

Summary 29/05 – 11:30 UTC – 11 deaths reported. 
Here are the details from INGV of the 2 latest quakes. In addition, our felt reports have shown that these quakes have been felt stronger in some locations.
Magnitude: 5.3
Depth: 6.8km
Region: Pianura Padana Emiliana
Provinces: MODENA,MANTOVA,REGGIO NELLEMILIA
Closest towns: San Possidonio

for more information and updates, go to:    http://earthquake-report.com/2012/05/29/earthquake-and-aftershocks-northern-italy-may-29-aftershock-as-powerful-as-the-may-20-mainshock/

More Earthquakes in Italy

Earthquake Ferrara, Italy : Extremely strong aftershock near Mirandola, Emilia Romagna – 15+ deaths reported

Last update: May 29, 2012 at 2:41 pm by By 

Summary 29/05 – 14:30 UTC – 15 people have died – 4 or 5 still missing
– Updating the situation.
– 15 dead with 5 people reported missing. At least 20 people have been also injured.
(of these all have been in the province of Modena – 3 dead in San Felice sul Panaro: two workers and a technician who were doing some investigations on the static nature of the Meta Industry building, 1 death in Concordia (an elderly person killed by a falling cornice (a common way of death during earthquake, where fancy cornices and non-structural elements fall on people), 1 death in Finale, 1 death of the pastor of Rovereto nel Novi, Don Ivan Martini, the victim of falling debris, 2 women died in Cavezzo. 1 woman died buried beneath the rubble of Furniture Malavasi, 2 dead in the rubble of the factory Bbg San Giacomo Roncole in Mirandola, 1 male worker died by crushing through the collapse of the Haemotronic factory (they produce medical equipment).
– 6000 people are homeless as a result of this earthquake.
– Much damage has occurred to cathedrals, buildings and other infrastructure.
– The price tag is expected to equal that of the previous quake on 20 May or even exceed it.
– Further aftershocks have caused damage.

Summary 29/05 – 11:40 UTC – 12 deaths reported. 3 major aftershocks. 
It can be expected that further large aftershocks will occur in the area, given this sequence of events. We urge Italians to stay off their mobile phones and to use internet resources instead to help emergency crews.

Summary 29/05 – 11:35 UTC – 11 deaths reported. 3 major aftershocks. 
A twitter photo shows the devastation at Cavezzo where it is presumed that 75% of the houses have been damaged.

The devastation of Cavezzo (from Twitter).

Summary 29/05 – 11:31 UTC – 11 deaths reported. 
San Possidonio will be the most affected town in this area due to these 2 new quakes. The town has about 3828 people.

Summary 29/05 – 11:30 UTC – 11 deaths reported. 
Here are the details from INGV of the 2 latest quakes. In addition, our felt reports have shown that these quakes have been felt stronger in some locations.
Magnitude: 5.3
Depth: 6.8km
Region: Pianura Padana Emiliana
Provinces: MODENA,MANTOVA,REGGIO NELLEMILIA
Closest towns: San Possidonio

Magnitude: 5.1
Depth: 11km
Region: Pianura_padana_emiliana
Provinces: MODENA,REGGIO NELL”EMILIA,MANTOVA
Closest towns:

Summary 29/05 – 11:25 UTC – 11 deaths reported. 
Latest aftershock has caused additional damage – M5.3 at 6km depth. Then followed by a second of M5.1 at 11km depth. These were both located reasonably close to the mainshock and so will be called aftershocks.

GEOFON is registering the new event as M5.5, and USGS as an M5.6 at 9km depth.

In the very damaging Friuli events of 1976, 3 large shocks were also recorded, 1 in May and 2 in September with around 1000 killed in total.

Summary 29/05 – 11:20 UTC – 11 deaths reported. A M5.3 aftershock and then a M5.1 aftershock 4 minutes after

– 3 magnitude 5 earthquakes have occurred today. The depth of the M5.3 aftershock a few minutes ago was 6.8km, which is shallower and will likely have caused additional damage.

Summary 29/05 – 11:20 UTC – 11 deaths reported.
– A major aftershock of Mw5.6 has just occurred, we have been searching for additional info.

Summary 29/05 – 10:55 UTC – 11 deaths reported.
– At least 11 deaths have occurred according to local authorities. This is expected to climb in the coming hours.
– 1 person has been extracted from the rubble alive in Mirandola.

Summary 29/05 – 10:40 UTC – 10 deaths reported.
– The pastor of Carpi has been injured by falling masonry.
– All railways have been reopened.
– At least 5 workers are presumed to be dead in Emilia as well. There is at this point still confusion to the total death toll, but it is at least 10.

Summary 29/05 – 10:15 UTC – 9 deaths reported.
– There are still industrial workers under the rubble in San Felice.
– Two workers of a dairy in Piacenza were injured (1 seriously) in the storage of ripening cheese ‘Aimi’, for the fall of a large quantity of forms of grana padano from the shelves.
Riccardo Poli, Cremona, 20, resident of Castelvetro, suffered a crushed chest and he ‘was delivered to the Civil Hospital of Cremona’ on the danger list.
Laurentin Danut Popa, Romania, 44 years, has suffered a foot injury.
– Many new building collapses have occurred and the cathedral and the church of San Francesco in Mirandola looks as though it may collapse and is severely damaged.
After the earthquake this morning, new collapses were reported in Mirandola, Finale Emilia and San Felice sul Panaro, the provinces of which were already affected by the quake of May 20.
– There has been other collapses in the Rocca Estense di Finale Emilia, Modena, near the epicenter. The fortress had already been damaged by the earthquake of May 20 and the shock had destroyed a tower of Modena, the symbol of the town.
– The center of Cavezzo is extremely damaged where many historic buildings have collapsed and the roof of the church, already damaged by the earthquake last week has collapsed. For now there are no reports of casualties, but work is still being undertaken.

Summary 29/05 – 09:45-10.00 UTC – 9 deaths reported.
– There are nine confirmed victims of the earthquake in the Modena. 3 in San Felice, due to collapse in the industrial zone Meta, 2 in Mirandola, 1 in Concordia (an old killed by a ledge) and 1 in one to the Final.
The pastor of Rovereto in Novi has been killed, although it is unclear whether the victim of falling debris or an illness. A woman also died in Cavezzo, buried beneath the rubble of Mobilificio Malavasi.
– There have also been a undisclosed number of injured

Summary 29/05 – 09:35 UTC – 8 deaths reported.
– There have also been 2 very severely injured people who may not make it through.
– The Duomo in Mirandola is said to be severely damaged. A twitter photo shows some of the damage.

Twitter picture of the Duomo damage in Mirandola.

Summary 29/05 – 09:30 UTC – 8 deaths reported.
– A M5.8 earthquake has struck just west of the May 20 earthquake in Italy.
– So far 8 people are reported dead .
– 2 deaths in Mirandola, 3 deaths in San Felice sul Panaro, Concordia, Roverto sul Secchia and Finale Emilia.
– Much damage reported from houses. This will likely amount to the same losses seen from the May 20 quake, with already damaged structures having further damage. This quake will also affect further the cheese production in the area.

This earthquake is of course CATDAT Red.

Update 29/05 – 09:25 UTC – 6 deaths reported.
– Workers that were working on removing the rubble from the May 20 earthquakes have also been injured while working on cranes at the start of their day. Our hearts go out to all those affected.

Update 29/05 – 09:20 UTC – 6 deaths reported.
– A sixth person died in Rovereto sul Secchia, but it is unclear whether he/she died from a heart attack or the consequences of a collapse.

Update 29/05 – 09:15 UTC – 5 deaths reported.
– There have been 2 deaths in Mirandola – 1 by falling debris in his house and 1 in an industrial site.
– 1 death has been reported in San Felice sul Panaro.
– 1 death in Concordia.
– 1 death in Finale Emilia.
– 5 or 6 people are still under the debris.

Update 29/05 – 09:05 UTC – An update by INGV as to the location of the earthquake and the aftershocks as shown in red.

29th May Quake and Aftershock locations (more west than the original) courtesy of INGV.

Update 29/05 – 09:20 UTC – 6 deaths reported.
– A sixth person died in Rovereto on the Secchia, but it is unclear whether he/she died from a heart attack or the consequences of a collapse.

Update 29/05 – 09:15 UTC – 5 deaths reported.
– There have been 2 deaths in Mirandola – 1 by falling debris in his house and 1 in an industrial site.
– 1 death has been reported in San Felice sul Panaro.
– 1 death in Concordia.
– 1 death in Finale Emilia.
– 5 or 6 people are still under the debris.

Update 29/05 – 09:05 UTC – An update by INGV as to the location of the earthquake and the aftershocks as shown in red.

29th May Quake and Aftershock locations (more west than the original) courtesy of INGV.

Update 29/05 – 09:00 UTC Still 3 deaths.
– In Bologna, many people ran out to the homes and offices and took to the streets of the old town. Several university departments and schools were evacuated, where classes had just started and where students and teachers were very scared.
– Major train delays can be expected with major problems around Bologna Centrale.

Update 29/05 – 08:55 UTC
3 deaths have been reported. 2 deaths occurred on via Perossaro in San Felice sul Panaro. There has also been a third man killed in Mirandola in Via 25 Luglio. The victims were killed by falling masonry and structures.
We are still awaiting the fate of Mirandola, close to the epicenter, where a shed collapsed on four workers who are under the rubble and firefighters are trying to lead them to safety.

Update 29/05 – 08:45 UTC
– The shock came at about 9am. A M5.8 earthquake, the same as the one that hit 9 days ago.
– The magnitude 5.8 shock has been followed by 8 shocks between 2.9 and 4.0.
– At 9.07 there was a 4.0 degree quake with its epicenter in the province of Modena; at 9.13, an M3.6 with its epicenter between the provinces of Mantua, Reggio Emilia and Modena; 9.30 – a magnitude 3.2 with epicenter in the province of Modena, 9:38 an earthquake of magnitude 3.1 occurred between the provinces of Mantua and Modena, 9:39 a M2.9 between provinces of Mantua and Modena at 9:49; a M3.7 between Mantova and Modena; at 9:59 a shock of M3.3 in the provinces of Mantua and Modena, and finally, a magnitude 3.0 at 10.04 in the province of Modena.

for more information and updates, go to:    http://earthquake-report.com/2012/05/20/very-strong-shallow-earthquake-kills-at-least-3-people-in-the-mantua-ferrara-and-modena-area-italy/

Ferrara, Italy — Earthquake

Earthquake Ferrara, Italy : 6 fatalities, 50 injured and a lot of damage, no more missing people + many updates

Last update: May 20, 2012 at 6:20 pm by By 

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : M6.0
UTC Time : Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 02:03:52 UTC
Local time at epicenter : Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 04:03:52 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 5.1 km
Geo-location(s) :
7 km NW Finale emilia (pop 15,337)
30 km W Ferrara (pop 131,771)
36 km (22 miles) NNW of Bologna, 

Update 18:20 UTC :  Mantua, Modena, shelters, highways
-150 people have been listed by the Mantua authorities for shelter for the night. They are unable to return to their damaged houses
– Modena has installed temporary shelters for 2000 homeless people
– The regional highway authority was happy to tell the press that NO problems were reported in their regional network of more than 400 bridges, viaducts, tunnels, etc

Update 18:13 UTC :  Rovigo churches,  firefighter,  cultural heritage
– Churches have been closed for further inspection in the Rovigo province.
– A firefighter who fell from a roof when the building he was inspecting during an aftershock collapsed is conscious again. Good news, but a further proof that these people are taking great risks to get close to unstable buildings.
– The vast cultural heritage in between Modena and Ferrara and especially in Emilia Finale has been suffered enormously.

Update 17:54 UTC :  aftershocks, hospital, PM Monti
– We have just counted 64 aftershocks since the mainshock at 02.03 UTC
– Civil protection will be helping with the evacuation of the hospital in Finale Emilia
– Prime Minister Monti, currently in Chicago for the G8 meeting, has said that he will do everything in his power to cope with the situation.  He is constantly updated by the responsible presidents of the damaged provinces.
– The Sant’Agostina area has suffered seriously from the M5.1 aftershock from this afternoon.

Update 17:13 UTC :  anti-looting, missing persons
– Police have organized anti-looting patrols to take care of unattended houses and buildings
– The president of Emilia Romagno has said to the press that nobody is missing anymore, making it probable that the current list of killend and injured people will remain as it is

KEEP FOLLOWING OUR NEWS REPORTS – EARTHQUAKE-REPORT.COM is probably the only specialized earthquake reporting website in the world combining scientific information with human impact information.

Update 16:21 UTC :  displaced people, additional damage after aftershock, power, animals
– Because of some cracks in Mantua’s Palazzo Ducale, the fire department has decided to close the building for the public
– The number of displaced people (people who cannot return to their houses) is currently estimated to be 3,000.
– The M5.1 aftershock was responsible for the additional collapse of a still standing part of the Sant’Agostine town hall
– ENEL, the main Italian power company, said that besides some isolated cases, all users have electricity again.
– Misery for a number of animals too. A number of stables have been collapsed and at least a herd of cows and breeding pigs have been covered by the rubble. We expect more livestock to be in trouble as everybody knows that stables are often in a bad condition.

Update 16:00 UTC : prisoners evacuated, telecommunications and Railway line working again
– Italian Railways have reopened the Bologna – Verona railway route.
– The Modena province has asked the national government to take urgent measures to help the owners of damaged houses and businesses. An extension in time to enter tax forms isd one of them.
– The 200 users cutoff from Telecommunications at Finale Emilia have been reconnected
– 500 prisoners have been evacuated from the Ferrara prison. Some of the prisoners were maffia linked and had to be kept away from others because of testimony programs.

Update 15:27 UTC : Damage will be huge!
Earlier in this article, we have reported to believe that the damage would go into the hundreds of millions of Euro’s. We will have to boost this damage considerably as a lot of factories and buildings may be found unstable to continue producing goods.  This economic damage will be added on top of the structural damage to buildings. James Daniell, an earthquake damage specialist working at Cedim Germany, will certainly be able to produce a very good estimate by tomorrow afternoon.

Update 15:21 UTC : Strong aftershock
A M5.1 aftershock struck the epicenter area at 13:18 UTC (15:18 local time). The depth of the hypocenter was at 8.9 km following USGS. INGV, Italy seismological institute, reports the same Magnitude but a depth of 5.1 km.
These continuous aftershocks are bad news for the people in the greater earthquake area as they will go on for many hours and will last at least until tomorrow, meaning that a lot of people will have to spend the night outside their own houses.  The aftershocks will gradually weaken, but the situation will be at least unstable for a limited number of days. The epicenter of the last aftershock was very close to Ferrara, much closer than the mainshock.  Normally, a M5.1 earthquake is not really damaging, but in combination with already unstable buildings, such shocks will be capable to increase the amount of damage considerably.

Update 15:19 UTC : 300,000 cheeses probably lost
300000 cheeses have been destroyed (buried under rubble etc.). These are mostly the popular Grana Padanoand Parmigiano Reggiano cheese types. The total of this damage will be around 50 million euros. At least 10 million kilos of the cheese are estimated to be under the rubble.Luckily, noone was killed, as these cheeses weigh between 36 and 38 kilos each.
 The total damage from the event has been estimated around 250 million euros. The stacked cheeses fell and have been covered by debris. How much is salvageable is unknown
The cheese factory and storage is located in Mantovano. The damage from this factory alone is estimated to be 250 million euros.

List of the deceased (5 in the Ferrara province and 1 in Bologna province)
– Nicholas Cavicchi, 35, resident of San Martino (Ferrara) and killed while working in factory in Sant’Agostino
– Ansaloni Leonardo, 51, resident of Reno Centese (Ferrara) and killed in the same factory as Mr. Cavacchi
– Gerardo Cesaro, 59, resident of Moline.
– Tarik Naouch, 29, residing in Crevalcore. Mr. Naouch was killed in the Ursa factory in Ponte Rodoni di Bondeno
– Nerina Balboni, 103, got a heart attack when she was buried partly by debris
– 37 year old German woman died of a heart attack in Bologna (we are still searching for her identity)
Earthquake-Report.com pays his respects to the family of all the deceased.

Update 12:19 UTC :
-The President of the National Council of Engineers has said that all efforts have now to be invested in more earthquake-resistant buildings. He mentioned especially the need to further stabilize historic buildings, one of the main damaged building types during this earthquake.
– The President of the Lombardy province, Mr. Roberto Formigoni, has joined the plea of the President of Emilia Romagna to call the State of Emergency in the earthquake damaged areas. Mantua, another seriously hit area is part of Lombardy.
– Schools will be closed tomorrow as inspection of school buildings will take place

Update 11:31 UTC :
– The number of people killed directly or indirectly remains the same
– Fifty people have been reported as injured
– The body of Gerardo Cesaro, worker at the Tecopress company has been recovered from below the rubble
– Italian President Napolitano has send his sympathy to the family of the killed people and has also send words of thanks to the  SAR people and all people involved in helping the victims of the earthquake. President Napolitano is constantly updated from the situation by the Italian Civil protection.
– Aftershocks are continue to strike the area.  At 11:13 a M4.2 aftershock made it very clear that the dangerous hours are not over yet. Stronger aftershocks are very exceptional but occur from time to time.
– The President of Emilia-Romagna has asked the National Government to call the state of National Emergency for the area.

Image courtesy INGV Italia – Yellow star : mainshock – yellow circle : M4.1 foreshock – big red circles : aftershocks in between M4 to M5

Update 09:55 UTC : Mr. Gabrielli, chief of the regional Civil Protection has declared that the situation is “under control”. Mr. Gabrielli told the press that he has overflown the greater earthquake area and that he has not seen serious problematic areas. Traffic is going smoothly, infrastructure is almost intact and damage is not widespread.

Update 09:47 UTC :
– Italian Civil Protection is organizing shelters for people who’s houses have been damaged by the earthquake.
– tens of people have been injured during the earthquake. The devastation is not widespread. Only isolated houses and buildings have suffered serious damage. We expect not earthquake-resistant building methods to be one of the major reasons that such serious damage has been inflicted.
– The collapse, partial collapse and damaged historic buildings are currently visited by Civil Protection and Local authorities to become a clear picture of the amount of damage.
– Earthquake-Report.com is increasing the expected amount of damage into the hundreds of millions Euros.  This amount not only includes damage to buildings and historic sites but also to the economy.

Update 09:23 UTC : INGV has reported 41 aftershocks so far, the strongest being a M4.9 at 03:02 UTC (05:02 local Italian time). 5 aftershocks measured M4 or higher and 14 aftershocks in between M3 and M4.

Update 09:15 UTC : The Mantua area was also seriously damaged. The church of Felonica in Mantua was damaged.

Update 09:11 UTC : Many people in the greater epicenter area remain in the streets fearing for aftershocks.

Important Update 08:56 UTC : The death toll has increased to 6 when a worker was found under the rubble of the Tecopress factory at St. Augustine (Ferrara). 4 are considered in earthquake terms as shaking deaths, 2 people have been killed indirectly (see below).

Update 08:47 UTC : Click on the pictures below to see more images of the damage inflicted by this deadly earthquake.

Images courtesy and copyright La Repubblica – Click on the images to see more of them

Update 08:35 UTC :  The Chief of Civil Protection from the Ferrara province has just arrived at the Prefecture office and is now leading an assessment and operations meeting with his staff.
– Based on the many images we have seen so far, the damage will run into at least tens of millions of Euro’s, probably a lot more. Some historic buildings have collapsed completely, others partially. Industrial warehouses have been damaged. So far we have NO immediate numbers of injured, but a lot of people living in damaged houses must have at least minor injures.

Update 08:26 UTC :  To give our readers an idea of the extend of the damage, we have combined a “before” and “after” image of the Castle of Finale Emilio. The angle is not the same, but you can see very good that the towers have almost completely collapsed.  Images courtesy and copyright of its owners, damaged castle from Gianluca Diegoli via twitter and the “before” picture from animoweb.it.

Update 08:18 UTC :  The earthquake was also felt in the neighboring countries. We got I Have Felt It reports from the Alps region, Slovenia and the Cote d’Azur (France).

Update 08:09 UTC :  2 helicopters of the Italian Police are overflying the earthquake hit areas and are trying to locate and to guide SAR forces (Search and Rescue forces) to eventual collapsed or heavily damaged buildings. These overflying helicopters are especially looking for old abandoned houses were often poor families are residing.

Update 08:01 UTC : The Palace of Venice, an historic building in Finale Emilia, badly hit by the earthquake, is partially collapsed. The 11 people from three families who lived there were rescued by SAT personnel.

Update 07:58 UTC : It is still not sure how many people have exactly perished during this earthquake. We have counted 4 so far, but the number may increase slightly. Let us make an overview.
– 2 indirect fatalities (a 37 year old ill woman died probably of an heart attack and a 100 year old person probably from the same)
– a Moroccan worker died in Ponte Rodoni, Bondeno. He worked at Ursa, a polystyrene foam company, and his shift would end at 5.  He was killed when a support beam collapsed on his head.
– 2 Italian workers were killed when a roof from a ceramics manufacturing company collapsed on them. Theur work shift would have ended at 6.
3 shaking deaths and 2 indirect killed people is the sad result so far.

Update 07:45 UTC : A 5 year old child was rescued out of the rubble in a collapsed building in Finale Emilia !

Historic earthquakes map courtesy INGV – earthquake in between M6 and M7

Update 07:32 UTC : The earthquake’s epicenter was located in a area which has no damaging earthquakes since a long time.  We have to go back to 1570 for a major earthquake nearFerrara and to even 1346 for another M6 to M7 earthquake at a distance of approx. 20 km from the current epicenter. From 2002 to 2008 6 smaller earthquakes (less than M4) occurred within a radius of 20 km.

Update 07:17 UTC : A lot of people are asking themselves why an earthquake with (only) a M5.9 Magnitude can inflict such a lot of serious damage.  Not only was this earthquake very shallow (close to the surface), but one of the main factors is that the earthquake occurred in a relatively soft soil area. Soft ground layers are propagating the earthquake waves a lot stronger than areas with harder rocky layers.

Update 06:41 UTC : 2 earthquake of respectively M4.1 and M2.2 were precursors of the damaging M6 mainshock. Since that mainshock, INGV has recorded 12 aftershocks!

Important Update 06:39 UTC : We are sad to tell that a 4th fatality has been reported. We have also a few more details on the killed people. All of the death people are coming from the Ferrara area. 2 people died in a pottery factory in Ferrara. A third person died in the Ferrara Bondeno industrial zone and the 4th victim was a 37 year ill woman who died of an heart attack.

Update : The video below shows the damage to a couple of buildings in the Ferrara area.  The shaking must have been very strong to inflict this kind of damage.

Update : The video below is mainly a picture from a damaged building combined with an interview with the Governor of the Ferrara province (in Italian). The governor talks about a lot of damage to bridges, schools, historic buildings etc. She calls the situation very serious.

Update 06:35 UTC : In San Felice sul Panaro, near Modena, the tower of the fortress collapsed. Another tower went down in Finale Emilia, and a nursing home was evacuated.

Update : Mostly historic buildings have been damaged in the quake. Click here for series of images from La Repubblica.  Some churches and older buildings collapsed completely.

Damage in Northern Italy after the May 20 earthquake – Images courtesy and copyright La Repubblica – Please click on these pictures to see more of them in La Repubblica

Update : The 3 killed people are believed to be 3 farm workers in the Ferrara area

Update : The heavy shaking lated for about 20 seconds

Update : As what can be expected, everybody ran to the streets after feeling the shaking.

Update : A church bell collapsed in Ferrara, in Finale Emilia a church steeple was reported damage, in San Felice Parano a segment of a castle collapsed.

Update : USGS has upgraded the earthquake to 6.0 at a depth of only 5km. The updated PAGER says 73,000 people would felt a severe shaking!! and 178,000 a very strong shaking. Avery bad sign.

Update :  An also strong aftershock M5.1 occurred 59 minutes later

Shaking map courtesy USGS

Update :  The village who has been hit most (MMI VIII) was Camposanto, a little town with 3,000 inhabitants.

for more information, and updates, go to:    http://earthquake-report.com/2012/05/20/very-strong-shallow-earthquake-kills-at-least-3-people-in-the-mantua-ferrara-and-modena-area-italy/

Filettino, Italy Adopting its own Currency

A Small Town REVOLUTION! Filettino (Italy) Declares Independence By Printing Its Own Banknotes


The man who would be king? Mayor Luca Sellari displays Filettino’s own bank currency, the “Fiorito,” which features his face, at his office in the town.

By David Willey – BBC News Rome

A small town in central Italy has declared its independence and started to print its own banknotes.

The authorities in Filettino, 100km (70 miles) east of Rome, are protesting against austerity measures.

It has only 550 inhabitants and under new rules aimed at cutting local administration costs it will be forced to merge with neighbouring Trevi.

Town mayor Luca Sellari, who stands to lose his job because of the eurozone crisis, came up with the idea.

He created his own currency, called the Fiorito. Banknotes have his head on the back, and they are already being used in local shops and being bought as souvenirs by tourists who have started to throng the normally quiet streets.

The mayor says there is enormous enthusiasm about declaring the independence of the new principality.

There has been such an outcry by small towns across Italy at the government move to abolish local councils and merge them with larger towns that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s coalition may be forced to backtrack.

In the meantime the new Principality of Filettino – complete with coat of arms and website – is suddenly enjoying international fame.

TV stations from as far afield as Russia have been running news features about Filettino.

After all, the mayor says, Italy was once made up of dozens of principalities and dukedoms. As he says, the landlocked republic of San Marino still manages to survive, so why not Filettino

for more on this, go to:    http://wakeup-world.com/2011/09/05/a-small-town-revolution-filettino-italy-declares-independence-by-printing-its-own-banknotes/

Chardonnay Under Attack

New moth species invades Italy’s vineyards

By Victoria GillScience reporter, BBC Nature

New species of leafminer moth (c) Antispila oinophyllaThe moth is common in North America and was first spotted in Italy in 2006
A moth with a taste for Chardonnay leaves, which has infested vineyards across northern Italy, is a new species of leafminer, scientists say.

The pest was first discovered by Italian scientists in 2006, but they were unable to identify it.

Now, by examining a snippet of the moth’s genetic code, researchers have confirmed that it is a previously unnamed species.

The team published their findings in the journal ZooKeys.

The Italian team enlisted the help of insect expert Erik van Nieukerken from the Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity in Leiden.

“We first turned to the [scientific] literature to find out what was already known, which was appallingly little for this group [of moths],” Dr van Nieukerken told BBC Nature.

He and his colleagues used a method known as DNA barcoding to examine a section of the insect’s genetic code.

  • “I figured out that this one, despite being quite common in North America, had no name,” he recalled.

The new species, which now bears the name Antispila oinophylla, had previously been confused with a North American species (Antispila ampelopsifoliella), which feeds on Virginia creeper.

Only the genetic studies revealed it to be a different species with a taste for grapevines. Its native range is across eastern North America, where it feeds on several species of wild grapes.

So far, the species has been found in vineyards in Italy’s Trento and Veneto regions, spreading and increasing in population since it was first recorded.

Having observed the moths in the field, the scientists say that the insect seems to have a preference for the leaves of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Muscat grapes, but they added that the economic impact of this particular pest was not yet clear.

The researchers do not know exactly how the moth arrived in Italy, but Dr van Nieukerken said that it was very easy for the cocoons containing the larvae to be accidentally transported with plant material.

“They’re very small and exactly the same colour as the leaves,” he told BBC Nature. “So if you were carrying plants, you would probably not notice them.

The scientist said that another species from this same group had been discovered in commercial walnut crops and that more needed to be known about the insects.

“This group is very poorly studied,” he told BBC Nature.

“If you know exactly what it is and where it belongs, if you know its evolutionary history…. you can understand better how to control it.”

from:    http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/17139837

Rare Snowstorms in Italy

Italy slammed with snowstorm, dual snow systems forecast for the region

Published on February 1, 2012 – 5:30 pm PT
– By TWS Staff Reporter
– Edited by Staff Editor


“Italy is seeing some rare, but deadly freeze and snowfall conditions,” said Martin. “After this storm, expect another Friday and Saturday, with continued snowfall and arctic freeze conditions through at least the next week.”(TheWeatherSpace.com) – Italy was hit by a snowstorm on Wednesday and another one is on the way as Europe continues to freeze.

TheWeatherSpace.com Senior Meteorologist Kevin Martin predicted Italy would see snow back at the beginning part of the week (article here). So far those predictions are coming true and he predicts yet another storm system.
So far the freezing temperatures across Europe have claimed the lives of 80 people. With another week left, the number would sure to climb as the arctic freeze grips the continent.

from:    http://www.theweatherspace.com/news/TWS-2112-italy-snow-storm-europe.html

 

And from Rome:

Rare Rome snowstorm closes Colosseum

Fri Feb 3, 2012 1:37pm GMT
Tourists protect themselves with umbrellas from the falling snow in front of Rome's ancient Colosseum February 3, 2012.    REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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ROME (Reuters) – Heavy snow fell in central Rome Friday, giving tourists a rare sight of whitened landmarks such as Saint Peter’s Square and the Trevi Fountain, while the Colosseum and the Roman Forum were closed due to the icy conditions.

In the heaviest snowfalls in the Italian capital since the 1980s, around 40 cm of snow had settled in the northern outskirts of the city by midday. It is forecast to intensify throughout the day and overnight, before easing off Saturday.

Mayor Gianni Alemanno instructed schools to remain open on Friday and Saturday but not to hold any lessons in order that children unable to attend did not fall behind. He said Friday only 5 percent of children had gone to school.

The unaccustomed snow caused traffic jams around the ancient city.

Heavy snow has fallen over much of Italy this week causing severe disruption to train and road transport, especially in the mountainous regions of Piedmont, Emilia Romagna, Tuscany and Umbria.

Wednesday passengers were stuck for seven hours in the countryside on a train that was to have gone from Bologna in the north to Taranto in the south after the electrical wires froze over.

(Reporting By Gavin Jones)

from:    http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFTRE8120UD20120203